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Sting - Songs from the Labyrinth (2006) Retail CD
Critics seem to have been sharpening their knives for this release. Certainly the circumstantial case against any rock singer recording a "classical" album for Deutsche Grammophon is pretty strong, as those who remember Elvis Costello's album with Anne Sophie Von Otter will have cause to agree. The fact is, however, that although the songs of John Dowland have been recorded many, many times most of those who attack this album will be basing their complaints on a personal antipathy to Sting rather than any concerns with the actual performance.
Lute duties here are principally handled by Edin Karamazovmore…: not the leading lutanist in this repertoire (that would probably be Anthony Rooley) but perfectly competent in material that is in any case not virtuosic. Dowland's songs do not require outstanding, classically-trained vocals, and Sting's interpretations are perfectly acceptable, with some nice differentiation of style from one song to another. They are also idiomatic, so fans of Sting's rock voice will have to put up with him singing in a mannered (though still fairly light) vocal style.
If you are in the market for a Dowland set, I can't see why you would buy this one, and there is a slight problem created by the introduction of spoken interludes (extracts from Dowland's writings) which spoil the programming slightly. That said, I personally bought this disc for curiosity value, and seen in that light it is well worth the investment.
|2||Can She Excuse My Wrongs|
|4||Flow My Tears (Lachrimae)|
|5||Have You Seen the Bright Lily Grow|
|6||"...Then in Time Passing on..."|
|8||Lowest Trees Have Tops|
|9||"...and Accordinge as I Desired Ther Cam a Letter..."|
|10||Fine Knacks for Ladies|
|11||"...from Thenc I Went to the Landgrave of Hessen..."|
|13||Come, Heavy Sleep|
|14||Forlorn Hope Fancy|
|15||"...and from Thence I Had Great Desire to See Italy..."|
|17||Wilt Thou Unkind Thus Reave Me|
|18||"...After My Departure I Caled to Mynde..."|
|19||Weep You No More, Sad Fountains|
|20||My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home|
|21||Clear or Cloudy|
|22||"...Men Say That the Kinge of Spain..."|
|23||In Darkness Let Me Dwell|
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